|NOW that's a First Class seat fit for a prince. (Flight Fashion)|
|PRINCELY dining on world's first private A380. (Flight Fashion)|
PRINCELY PLAYTHING'S A PERSONAL A380
|Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will take delivery|
of the world’s first customised A380 superjumbo jet next year
Because he's about to become the first person in the world to own his very own personal A380.
A whole AU$363m worth from France's Airbus Industrie, and which a British company is now outfitting for a further US$90m-odd with luxuries ranging from a lounge for live concerts, to a marble-lined Turkish bath, and a glass floor so he and guests can gaze down on whatever they are flying over.
|AN A380 like the one a Saudi prince has bought|
for family and business travel. (Airbus Industrie)
(Which we guess is the old adage: if you can afford to buy such a plane in the first place, those litres should be the least of your concerns.)
The Prince's A380 would normally carry around 550 passengers in Economy, Business and First Class, with some airlines also having a fourth Premium Economy category as well, and others going for all-Economy into which to cram 853 backsides.
|AND First Class sleeping on|
Singapore Airlines. (Singapore Airlines)
And there'll be First Class sleeper seats in private compartments for up to twenty business and other guests, lounging areas and a dining room … as well as a Prayer Room where computers will automatically always have prayer mats facing towards Mecca.
A member of the Saudi Royal Family, the prince made his money – his personal wealth is said to be in the vicinity of AU$25-billion – from a lifetime of shrewd investments, including 50% ownership of London's Savoy Hotel, and a 7% stake in Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the largest outside the Murdoch family.
|HOW others enjoy an A380: First and|
Business Class bar on Emirates A380.
Guests who go aboard at regular airports will enter through a normal door that will open into a large Entrance Hall with a wide spiral staircase, and a lift if you don't like stairs, going to the aircraft's upper deck. Where permitted at others, that lift will descend through the belly of the aircraft onto the ground below – with a red carpet automatically unfurling, and bathed by floodlights at night so these guests will feel they've arrived at a Hollywood premiere.
|PRINCE's other play thing: his yacht Kingdom5KR|
that appeared in James Bond Never Say Never Again.
He also owns 200 cars and a diamond-crusted
Ducati motorbike.(Mediterranean Yachting magazine)
Down in the aircraft's belly, empty cargo and luggage spaces are being turned into recreation zones including a Wellbeing Room with a "Magic Carpet" glass floor to stand on, or lounge around, to look down on the passing world below – with scents of forest and sea for added ambience.
And a concert lounge will have a stage and baby grand piano… with the prince owning a number of entertainment companies, top artists will perform for family and guests.
Finally a "garage" in the plane's belly can take a Rolls Royce – and maybe on occasion the owner's diamond-encrusted Ducati motorbike.
Now, remember, you were number 350 going aboard your A380 for anything up to a 14hr flight – and there are another 200 still to follow behind you…